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Jennifer Bonn
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Have you ever spent a lot of money on a beauty product only to find out that the results did not live up to the promises? It is easy to spend a small fortune to improve our looks, but most of what we are looking for can be found with inexpensive, basic products. Here are a few to try.


Vaseline can be used to soothe dry lips.

Mix it with lemon for a skin-brightening mask.

Mix it with sugar or salt for a body scrub.

Massage it into your feet to relieve dry skin.

Use it wherever you chafe.

Rub it into your cuticles to moisturize them.

It can be used on cuts. My dermatologist recommended it after I had some skin cancer removed.

It helps prevent scars.

It will soothe razor bumps.

You can use it to shape your eyebrows.

It will spruce up a fading manicure.

It can soothe a dry nose.


Did you know that toothpaste is a great way to eliminate pimples? It can also be used to relieve insect bites and itchiness.

Baking Soda

Use baking soda as an inexpensive toothpaste.

It will work as a mouthwash.

It can be used as a deodorant and is an ingredient in many deodorants.

It can soothe your skin from burns and bites.

It will make a great facial scrub.

Witch hazel

I had several skin cancers burned off and I decided to experiment with witch hazel as a way to heal them. I was amazed at how quickly they healed, and now I use it as a toner. It can be used for skin inflammation, varicose veins, bruises, insect bites, and acne.

Before you consider spending a lot of money to fill your beauty and health needs, consider using a few of nature’s remedies.

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I am passionate about running, parenting, education, and self-help information. I enjoy writing articles that will offer readers the information needed to help them in some way. I recently retired from teaching French and Spanish for forty years. I run every day and have done all kinds of races from 5ks to ultra-marathons. I have three children and three grandchildren. I write for several magazines in my area, I am a contributor and in charge of the Pinterest board for a parenting magazine called Screamin Mamas, and I have a second book about to be released through Loving, Healing Press called 101 Tips to Ease Your Burdens.

Kennesaw, GA

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